Empovia On Demand

How to Be an Ally

Learn, Show Empathy, Take Action

Course Description

In this course, you will learn about the journey of allyship. You will be asked to recognize your own biases and will learn how to name them and self-regulate. You will learn tangible ways to be an ally and call others in to be better allies as well. You will learn about the impacts of microaggressions and ways you can intervene when you observe or experience acts of exclusion. And you will learn about the crucial role you play in creating equity and inclusion in your workplace.

Key Concepts

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Course Details

Course Duration

~ 90 mins

Course Price




Course Description

How to Be an Ally is a roadmap for all of us to lead with empathy and become better allies for each other. Based on Melinda Briana Epler’s popular TED talk and book, How to Be an Ally, this course provides actionable steps everyone can take to be better allies and advocates for people with underrepresented identities in the workplace.

This course utilizes a variety of learning methods and scenario-based practices to help you build empathy and develop your own actionable goals for creating change in yourself and in your workplace.

You will learn how to avoid unintentionally harming people through biases and microaggressions, develop a deeper understanding of how to show empathy, experience examples of allyship and advocacy, and come away with some tangible and actionable steps you can take to be a better ally and advocate today.

Learning Objectives

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Work together on transformational change. We have discounted pricing for teams! Our modules are also available to integrate into your current Learning Management System.

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As a reward for your commitments to personal and organizational change you’ll receive:

A Certificate rewarding you for the completion of your course or series

A LinkedIn Badge to promote your new skills to your network and identify yourself as a change maker

One year of access to the course for those moments when you need a refresher

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Student Reviews

This course is for all people who have to interact with other people. Having more people take this course allows for conversation with vocabulary that is understood. It is my experience that the more conversation people can have with each other that is absent of misunderstanding, which often leads to defensiveness, the more kindness and grace is offered up.
Paula Ward
North Texas, USA
I recommend this course to anyone who is just getting started on their allyship journey, or who loved Melinda's book "How to Be an Ally" and wants to try their hand at some interactive lessons before implementing their new skills IRL.
Antonia Ford
Antonia Ford
California, USA
I really enjoyed this course for enabling folks with the language to discuss allyship. It laid out clear objectives and focused on what people could action on in their life/work.
Allison Hayhurst
Allison Hayhurst
New York, USA
I found the course extremely valuable. Not only did it point out the problem, it offered actionable solutions. I valued the mixed media that the course offered, it made the course easy to participate in.
Rohini Rebello-D'Souza

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